Ultimate Steel Framing - Sunrise Beach Aged Care Facility
Prefabricated, light and strong framing
Framing made from TRUECORE® steel enables a state-of-the-art, aged care facility to provide a true “domestic” living experience
Designed and prefabricated off site, light gauge steel (LGS) framing made from TRUECORE® steel allows a critical aged care facility to be built on schedule and on budget.
Located at Sunrise Beach in the Noosa Shire, Phase 1 of the BlueCare Sunrise Beach Aged Care facility is scheduled to be completed by mid December 2023. In an area where demand for aged care is growing faster than many other parts of Australia, the first 102 residents will be welcomed into their quality new homes early in 2024.
Key Benefits Delivered
By utilising LGS made from TRUECORE® steel for the walls, trusses and bracing, the project achieved the following benefits:
Prefabricated for a fast build
Designing and prefabricating the LGS framing off site required builder Badge Constructions to work more closely with fabricator Ultimate Steel Framing. Items such as safety, PWD rails and TV recess areas were all factored into the framing from the start, helping to reduce mistakes and delays.
Lightweight and strong fills the design brief
BlueCare Sunrise Beach Aged Care Facility required a true “domestic” living experience with small clusters of private rooms centred around courtyards or views. With an impressive strength to weight ratio, LGS framing made from TRUECORE® steel supports wide spans that form the backbone of these light-filled villas.
Termite proof without insecticides
LGS framing made from TRUECORE® steel is termite proof without treatment from insecticides. For the client UnitingCare Queensland (UnitingCare), this was an important consideration for its residents. Additionally, TRUECORE® steel won’t warp, twist or shrink even in a tropical environment.
Reflecting recommendations set out by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, each of the private accommodation rooms at Sunrise Beach Aged Care Facility is designed to operate like a small household, offering residents a better lifestyle and superior quality of care.
Pino Gentile, Principal Architect at Thomson Adsett, articulates his brief, "The design of the Sunrise Beach Aged Care Facility responds to ‘Person Centred Care’. Homes are designed to provide residents with an authentic domestic experience and are modelled in small clusters of 8-9 private rooms. Each room is located around a series of light-filled courtyards, or alternatively provides views of the adjacent national park. Residents can easily access common areas and spaces in order to socialise or get food and drink from the house kitchen whenever they want to.”
In a location where the demand for aged care accommodation is continuing to grow faster than most other parts of Australia, the timely provision of quality new homes for residents is critical.
40,000 lineal metres of LGS made from TRUECORE® steel
Construction photos by Travis Cooke Badge Constructions, renders by Thomson Adsett.
4 Grasstree Court, Sunrise Beach, Queensland
Using LGS framing made from TRUECORE® steel, Builder Badge Constructions was able to significantly reduce construction time, which will be critical to completing Phase 1 of the facility by mid December 2023. In early 2024, 102 residents will be welcomed to their new homes in this next generation aged care facility.
Mitchell Crisp, Principal of fabricator Ultimate Steel Framing said "LGS framing made from TRUECORE® steel has allowed us to work around the limited onsite space. Smaller cranes were used, saving costs and positioning packs in out of the way locations. The ease of handling LGS frames meant labour could be split into smaller groups to work on multiple fronts, again helping accelerate the rapid progress of the job.”
LGS framing made from TRUECORE® steel has the added benefit of staying straight and true. The framing is precision made and remains accurate to measurements. Prefabricated LGS frames made from TRUECORE® steel also have the benefit of having pre-punched service holes, which allows follow-on trades to feed services through the framing for a fast install without the need for additional drilling.
The Sunrise Beach development is one of the largest applications of LGS framing in the Noosa region, including over 40,000 lineal metres of TRUECORE® steel. Supplied by Australian steel manufacturer BlueScope and fabricated locally by Ultimate Steel Framing, TRUECORE® steel supports UnitingCare’s commitment to use local suppliers.
“We are thrilled with the building speed achieved through the adoption of light gauge steel (LGS) framing. Choosing steel has more than paid for itself in construction time savings.” - UnitingCare Group General Manager Property, Lavinia Dack.
- Mitchell Crisp, Principal of fabricator Ultimate Steel Framing
- Pino Gentile, Principal Architect at Thomson Adsett
- Lavinia Dack, UnitingCare Group General Manager Property
- Kent Belcher, Project Manager Badge Constructions
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